TechKnow: Bionic Bodies - Full Episode

November 1, 2014 12:00AM ET

WATCH: TechKnow explores how advances in bionic technologies are changing lives.


What if robotic technology could help a paralyzed skier walk again?

TechKnow contributor Phil Torres visits Ekso Bionics in Berkeley, Calif. to explore this concept. The company specializes in creating robotic, bionic technology that allows patients previously confined to wheelchairs to take their first steps since sustaining paralyzing injuries.

Ekso Bionics started out creating robotic exoskeletons for the Department of Defense. After seeing how their Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) exoskeleton allowed soldiers to carry heavy loads with less strain on their bodies, Ekso adapted the technology to create bionic exoskeletons that allow paralyzed patients to stand and even walk down the aisle on their wedding day.

Original Air Date: September 1, 2013